Respite Matters – Time for Action!

To improve Respite, Carers came together on 23rd March 2018 with leading decision makers in Powys, including Cabinet member Cllr Stephen Hayes, to share stories and work out some immediate improvement actions.

View the report & Action Plan HERE

Next Steps – Carers are invited to an Action Forum to taking forward actions identified on
WEDNESDAY 11TH APRIL 2018 at the METROPOLE HOTEL, Llandrindod @ 2.00PM

Let us know you’re coming by booking on HERE or calling 01597 823800.

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Carers Matter – Report

‘There’s a will…and where there’s a will there’s a way’ – POWYS CARERS MATTER EVENT 24th November 2017

With powerful speeches from Carers, hot off the press information from key officers and Carers discussing their experiences and ideas – It’s tricky to do justice to the passion and insights of the many participants.

Our Chair, Denise, reflected on the event and the passion of the Carers saying ‘there’s certainly a will….and where there is a will there is a way’. We think she captured the spirit of the moment and it feels like we have an amazing opportunity to work with both Carers and service providers together to make a difference to the key issues Carers are raising.

Respite was such a key issue, we are inviting you to discuss your ideas and insights with key decision makers in Powys on the 23rd February back at the Metropole – more info Click HERE  We think this is a significant opportunity – so if you need any support to pop along such as respite / travel / expenses, please do not hesitate to drop us a line.

Are these recommendations reflecting your voices? Do the next steps in the report summary reflect where you what to take these issues? Are there other ways you would like to be involved? Drop us and e-mail / or phone call – we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Recommendations for Powys County Council and Powys Teaching Health Board 

Carers Matter - Report

a) Retain and build on opportunities for Carer involvement within the Regional Partnership Board and subgroups and engage with Carers in a variety of ways. Link with emerging Powys Carers Action Group over key policy decisions.

b) Continue to resolve workforce shortages so that Carers Assessments can be completed.

c) Discuss and design the future of respite, domiciliary care and other key services with Carers and the people that they Care for, with a focus on local solutions that add social and economic value. Credu can facilitate this.

d) Invest in training local people who are committed to Powys by way of building a skilled workforce.
e) Build in ‘Carer friendly’ employment policies into all public sector contracts.
f) Build on Carer Awareness amongst all staff at all levels so that Carers can access support before crisis.
g) Review awareness and understanding of Parent Carers with education, health and social services.
h) Review where national policies impact on Carers wellbeing negatively (e.g. welfare reform / reduced investment in public services and consider co-producing responses with Carers).
i) Find ways of supporting sustainable local transport solutions.

Recommendations for Credu Connecting Carers

Carers Matter - Report

a) Create opportunities for Carers to be involved in influencing services at
• National level through linking Carers with Carers Wales, Carers Trust and organisations like Citizens Cymru.
• Powys level through a Powys wide Carers Action Group which can link with Regional Partnership Board as well as having a steer over Carer involvement opportunities throughout Powys.
• Thematic action planning workshops that bring Carers and heads of services together to co-design solutions to challenges.
• Community level through local Carer’s groups or groups of Carers that want to come together to tackle common issues.

b) Bring service leaders together with Carers to clarify plans around respite and domiciliary care. and develop solutions to challenges.
c) Co-design a re-energised awareness raising campaign across Powys, build network of Carer Ambassadors at GPs and other organisations.
d) Explore more effective ways to assist with some of the challenges with coordinating services that some parent Carers are identifying
e) Link with Employers for Carers and promote locally. Continue to work with individual Carers who want to train / access employment, to help coach / sign post to opportunities
f) Collect evidence of financial hardships faced by Carers and link with National Campaigns.

Download the Report Summary HERE

Please call 01597 823800 or email carers@credu.cymru if you would like the Full Report emailed to you or printed and sent to you.

 

Give your views on the wellbeing of future generation in Powys

Give your views on the wellbeing of future generation in PowysViews are being sought by the Powys Public Service Board on their draft vision and objectives which aim to improve well-being for future generations in Powys.

Details about the Well-being of Future Generations Act are available on the Welsh Government website (click here).

Please take a look and contribute your views by 17th September. It is important to add our voice to help shape policy for our county.

A brief note about language in our blog posts

Just to let you know, everyone at Credu publishes blog posts to share what we are up to – and each author writes their posts in the language they usually use. So that is why some blog posts will be English and some in Welsh, regardless of the website language selection you have chosen. This enables us to keep our news freshly published and regularly updated. Thank you for your understanding!

Have your say – Carers/Community Hubs in Powys

Credu (formerly known as Powys Carers Service) has been supporting Carers across Powys since 2003, and we currently work with 3,000 Carers across the county.

We can all be Carers at various times in our lives, so it makes a lot of sense for us to do what we can to help each other.

At Credu (www.credu.cymru) we believe that being a committed carer leaves far too many people exhausted, unnecessarily isolated, and without sufficient opportunities for essential recreation and self-expression. We are determined to address this but know this can only be achieved in association with Carers and their communities.

In July 2016 Credu opened our very first charity shop and community hub in Machynlleth. We are now planning to develop additional hub(s) or community enterprises(s) in or near to every key settlement where our staff are based and local carers and their friends and neighbours will find a hospitable place to meet, enjoy a cuppa and a chat, offer support and share experiences. We’d like to see neighbours within our local communities engaging and helping each other.

Your input is key as part of our research and development and we value any feedback and suggestions as to how we could make this happen in your area. Thank you very much.

Please go to the survey by clicking HERE

Dementia Strategy Survey

Inform Alzheimers response to the Welsh Government Dementia Strategy

Alzheimer’s Society Cymru have developed a short survey that can be found at www.alzheimers.org.uk/WalesSurvey. Whether you are someone living with dementia, caring for someone with dementia or are just interested please take part and tell them what you think needs to happen if we’re to make Wales properly dementia friendly.

To Infinity and Beyond!

Recently Powys Health Board donated money for Credu young carers to have a wicked day out! They asked for the opinions of young carers, on what they need to live a good life and what they think health and care services should look like in the future. In exchange for this important information the young carers were treated to an amazing day at the Jump Infinity Trampoline Park in Cardiff.

They astounded us all with their Tigger like dexterity! There were flips, somersaults, dives and rolls everywhere, horizontal wall climbing, half pipe tricks and basketball. The gladiator style battles were defiantly a favourite.

To Infinity and Beyond!To Infinity and Beyond!

Welsh Government’s Older People’s Strategy Review

Welsh Government's Older People's Strategy Review

Dear Friends,

COPA in partnership with Volunteering Matters are undertaking a range of activities to gain the views of older people on what priorities should be considered if the Welsh Government undertake a refresh of the older people’s strategy. We are doing this through meeting as many of the local forums as possible, an Engage project in 6 Local Authorities where we are doing street surveys and meeting groups that older people attend out of interest not because they are older people and also through an on-line survey. The deadline for response is March 15th.

English

Help COPA in shaping the future Strategy for #OlderPeople in Wales https://goo.gl/forms/1ApFpcZhqYun4auT2

Welsh

Helpwch COPA i ffurfio Strategaeth #PoblH?n y dyfodol yng Nghymru https://goo.gl/forms/DGORLVEe0xjEbJfx2

Montgomeryshire Dementia Home Treatment Team Consultation

From Powys Local Health Board

 

As you may be aware, the Fan Gorau Unit in Newtown temporarily closed to new admissions in June 2016 due to safety concerns arising from significant challenges in maintaining safe staffing 24 hours a day. The unit primarily provides short stay inpatient assessment for older people with organic mental health problems such as dementia. At that time it had been our goal to re-open the service by December 2016 but repeated recruitment efforts were not successful and this has not proved possible.

In the meantime the staff from the unit have been redeployed as a Dementia Home Treatment Team. This has received positive feedback from service users and family/carers as well as from staff. We recognise however for those patients needing admission it has required travel to services further away, and this was particularly the case at the time of initial temporary closure for those people who were receiving inpatient care at the time.

Given the continued temporary closure we are currently undertaking a period of structured engagement to help us work with communities, staff and the Community Health Council to agree the way forward.

Through this engagement we are particularly keen to hear from:

·         People who have experienced the new Dementia Home Treatment Service and their families & carers – about their experiences of the services, what worked and what could be improved

·         People with dementia and their family and carers who may need to call on this type of service – about their hopes and concerns

·         The wider public and stakeholders in Montgomeryshire – about their perceptions of the service, and their hopes for the future

·         Partners in the planning and delivery of mental health services – about how we can continue to work together to provide the best possible safe & sustainable services for people with dementia in Montgomeryshire

The engagement period continues to 31 March 2017. During this time we will be attending a number of community events across Montgomeryshire. This will include attending existing events for carers, third sector organisations and others. In addition we are holding a number of drop in sessions where members of the public and other stakeholders can meet members of the team, find out more and share their views. .

 Attend one of our public drop-in sessions:

  • Newtown – 8th March, 12.30pm to 2pm, Plas Dolerw, Milford Road
  • Welshpool – 9th March, 12noon to 1.30pm, COWSHACC, adjacent to Berriew Street Car Park
  • Machynlleth – 13th March, 4pm to 5.30pm, Machynlleth Hospital

 

  • Write to the Engagement & Communication Team, Powys Teaching Health Board, Bronllys Hospital, Bronllys, Brecon LD3 0LU
  • Email us at planning.powys@wales.nhs.uk

 

More information is also available from our website at http://www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/news/44065